A bill before the House would protect Christmas from the "vocal minority" who want to shut down public references to religious celebrations, Rep. Doug Lamborn said Tuesday.
"There's a vocal minority that is offended at the rest of us who want to celebrate Christmas," the Colorado Republican said on "Fox & Friends."
Lamborn said the bipartisan bill would "protect the symbols and traditions of Christmas, and not put up with any attempts to ban [them]."
Lamborn believes the legislation is needed because opposition to Christmas displays and carols sung at holiday pageants has gotten out of hand. Christmas is supposed to be "cultural and historical celebration," he contends.
The congressman said that he's been "encouraged and inspired by all faith traditions" over the years and they serve to only strengthen his own faith.
"If someone says to me, 'Happy Hanukkah,' or something like that, I apply that to my own religion. I am not offended by that person's acknowledgment of their religion," he said, adding that it's important for people to respect one another's views even if they may not agree with them.
"Just because someone is offended doesn't mean they can shut down the religious celebration or acknowledgment of every other American. Then, that tramples on the rights of those Americans," he said.
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